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Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has resigned. Time to take him off the succession list! The bad news is that until a new secretary is nominated and confirmed, John Ashcroft is one step closer to the Presidency.

Speaking of which, I made a mistake in the presidential succession list I posted the other day. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security does not appear to be part of the official order of succession as defined by the Presidential Succession Act (title 3, section 19 of the United States Code). When the Department of Veterans Affairs was created in 1988, the law creating the department specifically amended 3 USC 19 to add the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the order of succession, but it would appear that they neglected to do the same for the Secretary of Homeland Security. I guess they were too busy shielding pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits, making it easier for US companies to avoid paying taxes by reincorporating offshore, and funneling money to Tom Delay's alma mater to worry about the little details.

Whee, a new episode of Firefly tonight! I know most of the people who read this already watch Firefly, but if you don't, why not give it a try tonight? Word has it that it's an excellent episode, and more viewers will help convince Fox to bring it back once it goes on hiatus at the end of this month. I promise a full refund to anyone who watches on my recommendation and doesn't like it.

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What Sign of Affection Are You?

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You like to be in constant physical contact with your special someone but you don't want to take things too quickly.
Heh. I've rarely been accused of taking things too quickly when it comes to special someones. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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Which Sesame Street Muppet's Dark Secret Are You?

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Poor baby, life is rough for you, huh? No one seems to see you, no one notices your pain--except for your friend Big Bird, but he's always off hanging out with his other friends. You wish you were him, all happy and curious and popular and bright yellow. You feel like his shadow anymore, like the only reason you exist is to amuse him. It's hard being somebody's imaginary friend. But stop trying to kill yourself -- imaginary people can't kill themselves. Sorry. And hey, maybe tomorrow you'll feel better! Someday people will see you, I promise.
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